Thomas E. Westrick

MENDOTA - Thomas E. Westrick, 57, of Mendota passed away peacefully at home on July 27, 2018 surrounded by family and dear friends after a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota with Rev. Jeff Chubb officiating. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.

Tom was born April 14, 1961 in Spangler, Pa. to Ned and Mary Jane (Pedick) Westrick. He married Betsy Durand on Nov. 14, 1998 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota.

Survivors include his wife of Mendota; two sons, Jacob and Matthew; his parents, Ned and Mary Jane Westrick of Carrolltown, Pa.; one brother, Dave (Denise) Westrick of Arlington, Va.; two brothers-in law, Mike Durand and Jim (Griselda) Durand; one sister-in-law, Sarah Swords; his nieces and nephews, Missy (Ryan) Watson, Lea (Clifford) Bohn, Matthew David Westrick, Haley Swords, Ben Swords, Bryan Durand, Erik Durand and Eddie Durand; and a great-niece, Peyton Rose Watson.

He was preceded by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Tom grew up in Carrolltown, Pa. and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He graduated from Cambria Heights High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Northwood Institute University in Midland, Mich. There he met his dear friend and employer of 33 years, Tom Prescott, of Prescott Brothers, Inc. He enjoyed spending time with family, golfing, hunting, bicycling and vacationing in the north woods of Wisconsin. He was a member of the Mendota Elks Lodge and Mendota Golf Club where he won the Monday Night Men’s League with his partner Don Hoffert. He was a frequent participant in the News Tribune area golf tournament. He played in several sports leagues including softball, golf and bowling. He coached junior tackle football for over 20 years and was active with the Mendota High School football program. He also coached Mendota Little League for several years. He was a loving husband and father who cherished his family. He often spoke of his wonderful family memories, which included his father Ned, his mother Mary Jane, brother Dave and sister-in-law Denise. Tom may be gone but his love, humor and happiness will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to OSF St. Elizabeth Hospice of Ottawa or directly to the family for later designation.


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